Knowing that all students are capable of becoming mathematicians and engineers is the driving force behind my instruction. Receiving this prestigious award further encourages and affirms me in my work equipping young minds for the world that awaits them. I am honored and very humbled to accept the Presidential Award and am so thankful to my family, friends, administrators, and colleagues who have shaped me into the educator I am while pushing me to become the educator I want to be.

Heather Simpson Hueytown, AL | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Heather Simpson has taught all subjects of kindergarten at Hueytown Elementary School for 10 years. She previously taught kindergarten at Sumter County Primary School in Americus, GA. Heather increases mathematical discourse and problem solving abilities in her students. She includes problem-based learning and collaboration in her mathematics instruction. She strives for her students to view themselves as mathematicians, engineers, and leaders of their own learning. One of her favorite experiences about teaching is watching her students set, work toward, and achieve their learning goals. Heather enjoys presenting professional development and leads sessions at the school, district, and state level. She is a trainer for the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative. She loves serving as the Grade Level Chairperson, and is a member of her school's Lighthouse Team. She has also been a professional learning community facilitator and a cooperating teacher for several student teachers. Heather earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in early childhood education from Georgia Southwestern State University. She also holds a master's degree in early childhood education and an education specialist degree in teacher leadership from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is certified in early childhood and elementary education.